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Florence, Day 20-22: From Student to Tourist — No, Make That ‘Traveler’

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Since school ended, I’ve been playing teacher — or trying to, at least. I’ve been attempting to share all I have learned with my love, knowing that teaching, in fact, teaches the teacher; or better put, you learn by teaching.

We’ve visited Santa Maria Novella, the Accademia, the Uffizi, Bargello and a few other museums, and we’ve been walking the city, all of which has so beautifully taken us on this journey from the ancients (Renaissance inspiration) to the Dark or Middle Ages (Gothic) to the Renaissance, Mannerism and Baroque. Florence’s art history peters out a bit after that, but does not fade completely.

If all of this art history fascinates you, welcome to my world. If it’s enough about “-isms” and history, join me as I try my best not to drown my husband in “too much” and we escape off to the countryside. From a walled city with a tower growing trees to a Vespa in the countryside, even I can only take “so much.”

Here’s a tip: Visit Florence off-season, from late October to early May. If you love art, January is ideal, and if you desire lots of sun, closer to the spring and fall. But this time of year, I have to escape on the weekends; the crowds thicken and my need for trees grows.

So this weekend, it was Lucca and Chianti. Lucca is delightful, they say; it’s not touristy, but show up on a September weekend and you won’t be alone. Delightful? Yes, but please, please take me to the countryside.

This is partly me; my heart and soul and art belong to the country. The rolling hills, the agriculture, the sound of the birds and the wide open spaces call my name. And it’s not a quiet call.

So Sunday, for my hubby’s birthday I booked a Vespa tour of Chianti. Yes, I did this last weekend but my love did not, and, after all, I am a landscape painter.

I’ll let the photos tell the rest of the story and leave you with this thought: Love your farmers, eat local whenever possible and breathe deep the air of nature when ever you can!

XO,

SS

Adventure in Italy: Rome, Day 1

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What a day. Tired and jet lagged and not caring one bit. Started the day with coffee in one of my favorite piazzas in the world, the Piazza Navona. Gazing at my favorite fountain, Bernini’s Fountain of the Four Rivers, I had to pinch myself. Am I really in Rome? I spent time with Caravaggio’s Calling of St. Matthew, about the most perfect example that the Renaissance had ended and that there was a new movement called Baroque, which would leave its mark on the city in a big way. We ended the day with a Rex Segway tour of the city. What a joy and a hoot, zipping around town on the Segway while the amazing Leo filled us in on the layers of history! Life is good and art makes it better!